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Rise of Public Schooling in Upper Canada

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Department
History
Course
HIST-2514
Professor
Sharon Wall
Semester
Winter

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THE RISE OF PUBLIC SCHOOLING IN UPPER CANADA AND THE BACKGROUND, THE  VISION AND SOME ACHIEVEMENTS  A. background­changing conditions (1815­30) 1. Demographic change – immigration 1847 1.1 million came to Upper Canada 1850­60. Majority English, irish and Scottish. Irish were the  largest group.  Great dislike for the Catholics coming into Canada. The protestant population did not like the irish  catholics.  2. Social change – urbanization urbanization was just starting.  Minority of people  13% of Canadians were urban dwellers saw city life as a tainted social life, the moral evils of the city  prostitution and drinking was morally wrong  worried about children in cities, because children had less work to do.  3. Political change – rebellions rebellions in upper and lower Canada  1837­1838 rooted in british north America was the society of inequality  people didn’t vote, government was run by appointed people  rebellion was because they did not have a representative government  lower Canada was because of cultural reasons. French Canadian community, but a british English  government. Also an agricultural cirisis  there rebellions were in the form of violent confrontations. 300 people died in lower Canada.  Thought that public education could solve some of these social problems. Thought they needed to  create better children and shape their manners and morals at school.  Kids did not bond the same with kids from other schools. Public school groups vs. private school  kids B. the new educational vision (1830­40’s) Key individual egerton Ryerson  1803­1882 ontarios first superintendent of educati
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